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the connecticut shooting investigation. i am bill himer. live in newtown, connecticut. e. fox report. 36 hours removed from a gunman unleashing a shooting massacre in the elementary school. population 600 students from kindergarten to fourth. it is a day that changed the housetown forever. machines -- members of the shooter family releasing a statement saying they felt heart felt sorrow. each of the 22 children who died was aged 6 or 7 and all thought to be in the first grade. 12 of them were girls and eight were boys, the gunman shot child multiple times. we are told that at least one child was shot 11 times inside of the classroom. this is a picture of the gunman identified as 20 year old adam lanza that is a picture from six years ago at the age of 14. he lived with his mother in the town of newtown 10 miles from the school. a school that he drove his own mother's car to waking up in the morn shooting her in the head. today we heard from the shooter's aunt. she said the mother home schooled him after a dispute with the public school system, but no one in the family expected him to be respon
a news conference from newtown, connecticut, with the very lateet -- latest on the school shooting, coming to grips with the senseless tragedy. local and federal investigators have fanned out across the state, looking for clues. president obama also preparing to attend an interfaith vigil offering, healing as well to a grief-stricken nation. that's where we are all today. this is a brand-new hour inside america's news headquarters. >> eric: and good morning. investigators are of course, right now, trying to paint a more complete picture of the suspect. as more questions emerge about 22-year-old adam lanza. what set him on the path to allegedly shoot and kill 20 innocent children? along with the brave adults who so courageously tried to stop him from the carnage in the school hallway. and more questions about his mother, nancy, at the home they shared before he shot her in the face and drove to the sandy hook elementary school. a woman many remember as kind and loving. >> very, very kind, considerate, loving, young lady. she lived here... a good part of her life. she was very involv
edition of "good morning america: tragedy at the elementary school," live from newtown, connecticut. >>> and good morning. i'm dan harris reporting from newtown, connecticut. behind me the sandy hook volunteer fire department where they took those children right after the massacre friday morning. bianna golodryga is back in new york city at our abc news headquarters. much more coming up from her. with me is lara spencer and amy robach. >> it is hard to imagine. there is even more sadness as we are starting to see the faces. we knew the names last night, but we see the faces of those young victims, still very young victims. it's hard to imagine how quickly their lives were taken away and how much they still had to live. >> we also will hear the story of one of those little survivors. >> yeah. >> and we're going to talk about random acts of kindness, how this community and strangers have come together in a way that is truly remarkable in an attempt to begin the healing. >> we'll have incredible reporting coming up from both of you. we'll get to that in just a minute. >>> let's start w
today. >> and president obama is flying to newtown as well for the services. >> erica ferrari is live in newtown to bring us the latest. good morningicca. >> reporter: good morning. police have re-- good morning, erica. >> reporter: good morning. the police released the name and ages but have not given a motive that made adam lanza carry out an awful attack. the families have begin the difficult task of burying the dead. people filed into churches around newtown, connecticut, to pray for the victims of friday's shooting as this community grieves. families in the small town are planning funerals for their children. >> she was a type of children that could light up the room. robe parker's daughter emily was one of the 20 young children killed in friday's shooting. >> she's an incredible person i am so blessed to be her dead. -- dad. >> they died when 20-year-old adam lanza forced his way in and started firing. president obama will travel to newtown to attend a themmor -- memorial service and visit with the victim's families, as investigators try to figure out why they were killed. peopl
morning america," "tragedy at the elementary school," live from newtown, connecticut, connecticut. >> and good morning, america. i'm here in newtown, connecticut, connecticut, behind me the sandy hook fire department, bianna golodryga is back in new york. she will join us shortly. with me here this morning my weekday colleague lara spencer and amy robach. >> dan, even more sadness as the dead are identified we're seeing the faces of those so very young victims. i'm going to have that story. it's a really tough one but it's an important one so we can remember those who spent so much time in that school and were loved by so many. >> lara, you have a story coming up. >> as the healing has begun, the folks are pulling together trying to overcome this unimaginable tragedy and i'll have that report. >> well, those stories coming up but to the latest news. as we said president obama will arrive in newtown, connecticut tonight, he'll be meeting with the families of the victims thanking first responders and speaking at an interstate vigil. this is the fourth time in four years this preside
is being held today. >> president obama is flying to newtown for today's memorial service. >> and cbs reporter erica ferrari is in newtown now to bring us the latest. good morning, erica. >> reporter: good morning. police have released the names and ages of the victims, but they haven't given any kind of a motive for what they think might have triggered this attack, this as families prepare to bury the dead. people filed into churches around newtown, connecticut to pray for victims of friday's shooting, as this community grievous, families in this small town now planning funerals for their children. >> she was the type of person that could just light up the room. she -- >> reporter: robbie parker's daughter, emilie was one of the 20 children killed in friday's shooting. >> she is an incredible person. and i'm so blessed to be her dad. >> reporter: parker and dozens of other parents had their children's bodies returned to them by authorities yesterday. police say they died when 20-year-old adam lanza forced his way into sandy hook elementary friday morning and started firing. president
shooting right now. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. we're in newtown, connecticut, this morning. >> i'm kate bolduan. you're watching our continuing coverage. it feels like we've been here a long time just trying to figure out what's going on with the story. president obama will be coming here later today and meet with some of the victims' families and we're told he will speak at a vigil being held tonight. meanwhile, the community is grieving. we saw more vigils here last night really moving vigils. 20 children and 6 adults died in friday's shooting inside sandy hook elementary. we should begin hearing the first funeral plans for some of the victims very soon. we also want to pass this along. the united way has set up a sandy hook school fund. donations, as you can see right there on your screen, donations sent to the newtown savings bank 39 main street right here in newtown, connecticut. this fund will be used to help pay for the funerals of the victims, john. >>> police say they have found important evidence during their searches at the school and at the shooter
to stick with cnn for continuing live coverage and don lemon from newtown and join us at 6:00 p.m. tonight for the interfaith vigil and the president's remarks. >>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon reporting live from newtown, connecticut. a community in mourning after a gunman went on a deadly rampage at an elementary school killing 26 people, 20 of them young children. throughout the day on cnn we will bring you the details of the victims and the investigation. we should tell you the president is on the way here. it has been a day of mourning in this community with memorial services. people are coming to this community from all over the tri-state area, from all over connecticut, new jersey, and new york all around and paying their respects to people. as i drove here today just a few moments ago in this little idyllic town, the roads were all blocked because there were so many people who were trying to get in here just to pay their respects to the people who lost their lives and their family and their loved ones. we have some other big stories that are breaking today and i want to get to at
schools in newtown. this was an isolated incident. this event doesn't define us. we will continue to have great schools and be a great community. matthew and i are great friends, and all the clergy are great friends, and we will recover. >> rabbi praver and pastor crebben will both be at the service tonight where members of the community will be at the prayer service. we heard president obama spent most of the day preparing his remarks, speaking from the heart, speaking for the nation, but also speaking as the father of two young daughters as well. all we can think of now, especially when we see the pictures of the 6 and 7-year-old kids, the memorials, the services that are continuing. brook baldwin is joining us now with details on a few of the victims. brook, this is a heartbreaking story for all of us. >> reporter: it is absolutely gut wrenching, wolf. when you walk around newtown and see the memorials and see the adults holding the hands of their 4 and 5-year-olds carrying teddy bears, who are wiping tears away as they place these teddy bears down perhaps for young people they knew, p
-year-olds, will be held tomorrow. thank you for joining us for special coverage of the school tragedy in newtown, connecticut. the president is expected to speak and will offer mourners words of comfort. ed henry is live in newtown, just outside. tell us more of what the president is doing there right now. >>reporter: a soft rain is falling, the president is in the high school behind me through the trees. he is meeting with the families. they have been through such a traumatic couple of days. yet despite the temperatures, despite the difficulties, people have been lining up waiting to get into the high school for the rare prayer vigil. the red cross is giving out teddy bears to children and giving own blankets to people who are frigid in newtown. they need warmth given what they have been through. i spoke to a man who knew two people who worked at the school, a teacher and the principal we heard so much about fighting to save others. he knew two killed and he knew a child who lived. we have to remember the folks who lived are traumaized, who heard and saw some of the shooting, going through a to
coverage of the newtown, connecticut shooting continues right now. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. >> i'm kate bolduan. we want to well koom viewers from the united states and those joining us from around the world this morning. you're watching our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting here in newtown. we're live in newtown, connecticut. >> here in newtown the president will be coming later today. he's expected to meet with some of the victims of the families and he will speak at a vigil tonight remembering the victims. president obama spoke about the hea heartbreak hours after the shooting on friday and again during his weekly address yesterday. now, of course, we have the names of all the victims in this shooting. there were 20 children, all of them were just 6 or 7 years old. there's been a fund set up to help the families of the victims. here's the address if you'd like to send a donation, the sandy hook school support fund, 39 main street in newtown, the zip code is 06470. >> meanwhile, investigators here in newtown are trying to piece it altogether. they
in newtown, connecticut. >>> president obama will be coming here later today. he will meet with some of the victims' families and speak at a vigil being held here tonight. meanwhile, we're learning more about this tragedy and the victims, 20 children, 6 adults died in friday's shooting at the sandy hook elementary school. >> everybody's death was caused by, everyone that we completed so far was caused by gunshot wounds. and, obviously, the manner of death on all these cases has been classified as homicide. >> that was the medical examiner. he also offered this disturbing detail. all of the victims he's seen, they were shot more than once. >> just amazing to even hear him recount what he's seen in really chilling, chilly detail, tom. >> we will have much more on the victims. of course, their names and their stories coming up in just a few minutes. people in this community are still coming to grips with this tragedy. understandably, we saw more vigils here last night and they're still offering grief counseling to many. that's especially important for the kids who lost so many of their
institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> president obama it is in newtown, conn. tonight. according to the white house, he has been meetings with the families of the victims of the school shooting. he is expected to be the final speaker at an interfaith vigil this evening. we will have live coverage right here on c-span. we will take a look at some comments from this morning about what the government should do to prevent more shootings. >> we have the same courtesy of the newseum. "day of grieving." the employees of the school, all women. the children all around the ages of six or seven. more shooting victims. residents gather to find comfort and pray. and national newspapers also digging into the story. the new york times saying -- victims there, white and friends with a background. there is a detail of how teachers helped students three crisis. other articles looking at the alleged killer and the victim's. and another story today -- "the justice department shows ideas about background checks." at after the shooting of gabrielle giffords and others of a su
captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" reporting live tonight from newtown. >> axelrod: good evening. newtown, connecticut was, by many measures, one of the safest communities in america. it is now the grief-stricken home of the second deadliest school shooting in u.s. history. 28 people are dead, including the shooter. late today, connecticut's chief medical examiner, wayne carver, reported that the autopsies on all the children are now complete. all 20 of them were shot more than once by 20-year-old adam lanza. police have also released the names of those killed, eight boys, 12 girls, between the ages of 6 and 7. all were first graders. six adults at the school were also murdered, and investigators say they now have some very good evidence explaining what wasde . we have a team of cbs news correspondents and producers on this still-developing story. we begin with margaret brennan here in newtown. >> reporter: gflg, jim. and the bodies of those 12 girls, eight boys, and six adult women killed right here in the sandy hook shooting yesterday are being returne
>>> i'm erin burnette reporting live if newtown, connecticut. a community in mourning after a deadly school shooting killed 20 children and six adults, over the next two hours we bring you the latest details on the investigation and the victims. and there are also some other major stories that we're following on this sunday afternoon. deb ferrick is live in atlanta and will bring you the developments later in the program. as we arrived here where our cameras are, it's hard not to be moved by what you see in this town. there's one place where you literally see 20 angels in wood. everywhere, there are balloons and flowers and teddy bears and things in honor of victims that it is impossible to imagine. the age and innocence of these victims. today we're learning some new details about the horrendous crime and about these innocent victims' deaths. here's what we know. police say crime scene investigators are wrapping up work in the parking lot of the sandy hook elementary. work continues inside the school, the crime scene. here's what we know about the guns. three of them were f
of newtown, connecticut. i'm anderson cooper live this afternoon in newtown, connecticut. >> and i'm wolf blitzer also here in newtown. the president of the united states is on his way here right now to this community thrusted to the history books by a horrible act of violence. the president will meet with, try to comfort families of 20 school kids and six adults. we are all shot dead here friday morning. >> a short time ago got an update from the connecticut state police, learned more details about the person who carried out this mass shooting they can did confirm several details that they believed were true since friday. the shooter's name you of course what kind of weapons we had with him and just how many more bullets could have fired. the number is extraordinarily high. >> stay there. we are going to tell you exactly where police stand in their investigation and so many questions that certainly remain unanswered. these questions, i'm not sure we are ever going to get real answers to. >> yeah wolf, trying to piece this together as much as we can, as carefully as we can. president obam
as newtown and the rest of the nation try to make some sense out of this tragedy that took the lives of 20 children. i'm joined this hour by cnn's soledad o'brien. soledad? >> good morning to you, wolf. here's what we know right now. this morning, connecticut's chief medical examiner will be performing autopsies on the gunman, adam lanza and on his mother, as well, who was killed at her home. the results of those autopsies we're expecting to be released at a news conference that will be held later today. also today, president obama will be in newtown. he will speak at a memorial service. before that service, he will meet with members of the victims' families and also with first responders, as well. we know the names were made public last night. 12 girls, 8 boys killed in all. either 6 or 7 years old and 6 adults killed at the school, as well. they were all women. the medical examiner said the primary weapon in the massacre was a semi-automatic rifle that was found at the scene and every victim he examined, which were seven victims, had been hit more than once. one case 1 1 ti1 times. he pe
of the president's rifle arrival at newtown, connecticut. >> ed henry is traveling with the president, the president's fourth visit to the site of a mass shooting. it's been a tough weekend and will continue to be difficult. kelly wright, thank you for filling in. >> my pleasure. >> our prayers are with all the people of newtown, connecticut. >>> no break from the grieving. the nation is mourning the victims of the horrific mass shooting in connecticut. president obama preparing to attend and interfaith vigil this evening in newtown, connecticut. while investigators try to piece together more information about what happened and why in that terrifying shooting spree. among the confusion and sorrow are stories of herosim like victoria soto, who reportedly used her own body to shield her first graders from gunfire. her hometown celebrated her life and selfless act of love and devotion to her beloved students. >> i just hope that one day he'll know she's in a better place and died a hero. >> the pain, how those mothers must be feeling at this time, because this is my only child. i couldn'
nation is in shock over the senseless and unspeakable tragedy that took place in newtown, connecticut. the shooter killed his mother in her home and then to a elementary cool where he gund down 20 opportunitis and teach ares before he took his own life . molly? nthe community has been pulling together since this horrific massacre. there are numerous vigils and we are getting word that president obama is it joining the community and an interfaith vigil. ther joining together and healing the community. it is it a difficult and long road ahead when you think about the victims in this case. and so many lives lost and 12 little girls and eight little boys and six women. two of the women killed were so young. beginning their careers in education . in their twens and one just 30 years old and all of these women trying to protect the children. the youngest victim named noah. you look at the list of the children's names and the names you hear in classrooms all over america. charlotte, and anna, and daniel. tiny little people cut down before they so much much life. that's what president obama t
service tomorrow in newtown. >>> cbs reporter ines ferre is live in newtown, connecticut where investigators are piecing together what happened. ines. >> reporter: well, ann, it's been a day of mourning here in newtown and across the nation as families are grieving the loss of loved ones and a community tries to pull together. 12-year-old jocelyn cardenaz came from danbury, connecticut it drop off flowers at a memorial for the 26 people killed at sandy hook elementary school. >> even though we didn't know anyone directly just hurt because you never know what's going to happen next. >> reporter: she is one of many grieving for those gunned down in newtown, connecticut friday morning. investigators identified the shooter as 20-year-old adam lanza. the medical examiner says everyone was shot multiple times with a rifle. >> this probably is the worst i have seen. >> reporter: eight boys and 12 girls all ages 6 and 7 died including anna marcus green the daughter of a well-known saxophone player and emily parker who moved to newtown a year ago. >> she was a type person that could jus
in newtown. tonight the mourning is well under way. in the past two hours this vigil was held for victoria soto, the first grade teacher shot while trying to shield her first grade students from the gunman. her family says she lost her life doing what she loved. she was 27 years old. a live report from sandy hook in a moment but first, cbs 5 reporter don knapp is at a vigil in san francisco's dolores park. don. >> reporter: ann, even though we are a continent away from what happened in newtown, connecticut, people in san francisco in the bay area very much touched and troubled by what happened here. there was a vigil tonight one of about 16 or 17 around the bay area suggested by moveon.org. people decided to come down and bring their own candles. they stood in the rain and talked about what happened and offered each other support and talked about the title of their get together which is vigil to end gun violence. some people say even though we have a lot of violence in the united states, what happened this time with so many children may be the tipping point. one of those people is natalie
have kids the same age, 30, 40 minutes away from newtown in elementary school in a town very similar. this hit very close to home for us and for a lot of people. >> you know, based on that point, if it can happen in newtown and it can happen anywhere, in a small rural community and haggerstown, maryland, an idyllic community, town of 30,000, just likes newtown, and people are mourning and weeping as they mourn for the teachers at sanry hook elementary school. >> just when you think you can be composed and keep it together and maybe the tears will have stopped, they put out the names and ages of the victims and even not knowing them, but just to read through their names and their ages is just wretching. we will show you some of their names now, the victims, there were 12. we'll show them later to you, basically 20 children and younger than we thought, remember that president obama and his first report that they were between five and ten years old. they were really just six and seven years old, all of them and it's also to know, we didn't know at the time, what close range they were ki
at the elementary school." reporting from newtown, connecticut, george stephanopoulos. >>> and good morning from the library at newtown middle school. this is where the 20 children killed at sandy hook elementary would have continued to learn and grow. just down the road from newtown high school where president obama will come tonight to comfort the families, thank the first responders and console the community still in shock. the heartbreak here is magnified by the age of almost all the victims, little children, 6 and 7 years old, all in just the first grade. overnight the shooter's father, peter lanza, released his first public statement. "we are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can. we too are asking why." and this morning america is honoring the victims. today every nfl team will observe a moment of silence before the games. the giants and patriots will wear special decals on their helmets. our guests and experts are standing by for a conversation on what happened and why to cuss what it means to take meaningful action, that's president obama's phrase and a shat
is scheduled to attend an interfaith memorial service in newtown. this will be the fourth time president obama has made such a visit following a mass shooting. in his weekly address today, he offered condolences and a call to action. >> we have to come together and we'll have to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this from happening, regardless of politics. >> president obama did not provide specifics but in the past, the president has supported reinstating a federal assault weapons ban. >>> the medical examiner said he's never had to deal with something like this. >> my sensibilities may not be the average man, but this probably is the worst i have seen. >> dr. carver went on to say that all of the victims had been shot multiple times with a long weapon, presumably the semiautomatic rifle found at the scene. >> people all over the world are expressing sympathy for the victims in the massacre. in moscow, people left flowers and stuffed animals outside the american embassy. the prime minister formally sent condolences and said russia's thoughts are with the victims' loved one
to you from newtown, connecticut. the pain is really, really great are the country, not only this up to but the country, indeed much of the world, mourns what has happened in this community. >> we were just hearing, wolf, lieutenant vance say this will probably be the last time we hear from him tonight but some of the latest things that he said, wolf that they still don't know the motive. they say that is going to come later. it is going to take them more time before they are able to talk about that and it is impossible to say how many shots were fired, wolf, but multiple high-cap pays the rounds, each magazine had about 30 shots and said hundreds of bullets at least. >> this connecticut state police lieutenant is doing an excellent job briefing us. he is being very precise on all of the details, he doesn't want to get ahead of the information that they have and so far, i have been very impressed. >> yes, ma'am to that point, they asked about nancy lanza, he says i don't know which gun she was shot with but does know it was the bushmaster the one used in the school, very specific and
will be here in newtown in a few hours and meet with the victims' families and will speak at an interfaith vigil at 7:00 p.m. eastern. joining me now, two connecticut lawmakers richard bloomenle that and congressman and senator-elect chris murphy whose district includes newtown. let me start with the past couple days for you all. i know you have talked to some of these families who understandably don't want to be out in public except for when they choose to. we did see one father go out. can you tell us as silly as this may seem how are they holding up? what's sustaining them at this point? >> i don't think that one word or one sentence or one description will fit all of them. they are as diverse probably as they are human beings. i can tell you this community has demonstrated its strength and resilience and resolve in coming together. we were at church service this morning, which was so moving in its statement of grief but also coming together and bonding and staying strong. i don't think i will ever forget the cries of grief and pain that i saw at the firehouse on that day and as a paren
blitzer reporting live right now from newtown, connecticut. the 20 children gunned down in their own elementary school were 6 and 7 years old. they were practically babies, as the people here in newtown, connecticut, mourn. we now know the names of the victims of the school massacre. authorities releasing the list just a little while ago. we're also learning just how brutally they died. the medical examiner says, every one of the 26 victims were shot more than once, apparently with a semiautomatic. the relatives of the shooter are struggling to competent when the loss of life, including nancy, who was gunned down by her son. no word on a motive. police say they have found very good evidence at the school and at the lanza home. for more right now on the investigation, let's bring in our national correspondent, susan candiotti, here in newtown, connecticut. with all of us, she's working her sources. what's the latest, susan? >> reporter: hi, wolf. of course, the question is what move a 20-year-old young man to target so many innocent victims. investigator are looking everywhere for clu
>>> and we'll be going back to don lemon in newtown, connecticut. in just about several hours, president obama is scheduled to arrive there in newtown. eel meet with families of the 26 victims killed in friday's mass shooting at sandy hook elementary school. the president will also speak at an interfaith vigil. we'll be bringing you that service live at 7:00 p.m. eastern. we're following the latest developments on the shooting investigation. here's what we know right now. connecticut governor, dan malloy, says the 20-year-old suspect shot his way into the school. we've also learned that all 20 of the children killed inside were shot multiple times. all of them were six and seven years old. investigators are still processing the crime scene. physically and forensically. police say they expect all questions surrounding the case will ultimately be answered because they have found certain evidence. medical examiner's office is starting to release the bodies of the 26 victims back to their families and funerals are expected to be held this week. >>> the suspected gunman's father, p
♪ ♪ >>> welcome back, everybody. signs like the one you just saw all over newtown, connecticut pe people saying our hearts are broken, but are strong. candles and stuffed animals and flowers remembering those who have lost their lives and remembering a town, a peaceful town that has now been forever change changed. i'm soledad o'brien with wolf blitzer this morning. trying to make sense of something that is frankly impossible to understand. friday's tragedy. today may mark the very first day of healing for people who will be facing a very, very long process. the entire community that are directly affected and for the entire nation, family, friends, neighbors all gathering at places of worship in this small southwestern connecticut town. a candlelight vigil being scheduled for this evening. president obama expected to fly in this afternoon and after meeting with the families of victims and after meeting with the first responders he will take part in that candlelight vigil. officials who have been giving us information ever since friday afternoon. we're enxpecting to hear from te st
and know their names. the innocent lives lost in the newtown shooting. >>> at surround services across the country thoughts, messages, and prayers will be said in honor of the connecticut shooting victims. how churches in the bay area are responding. mornings on 2 starts now. >>> good morning, welcome to mornings on 2 i'm congress congress. >> and i'm dave stevenson. >> we could have a few light showers moving into parts of the bay area. not a lot of coverage to show you right now with the bulk of the action up to the north. even if you are not covered we could still have spotty sprinkles or drizzle. as far as temperatures this is the key change. warmer than yesterday at this time. temperatures right now basically matching yesterday's high. santa rosa 44 degrees. oakland 48. san jose 47 degrees. as far as shower chances here we are 10:00 this morning and we do bring in the chance but this forecast model really brings in more rain later on into the evening hours. we'll highlight that the forecast and the monday morning commute. >>> president obama will travel to newtown, connecticut tod
himself >> heather: president set to attend a memorial service in newtown shortly after his arrival before addressing the nation in what will be the fourth speech that he has had to make from the site of a mass shooting during his first term as president. now, we're going to go to chief white house correspondent, ed henry with the latest from there. >> reporter: you are right. you heard the police officials talking about the intent, security presence here in newtown. relatively small town that has had a horrible few days here, obviously the president trying to help heal the wounds a bit, perhaps tonight at a prayer vigil. he left andrews air force base and be arriving behind me at the high school soon. bottom line he will be doing a series of things. one thing as he will be meeting privately with family members of some of the victims. so many of them small children. you remember the president on friday grew emotional in the white house briefing room, choking back tears, stopping at one point during his remarks as he specifically talked about the young children affected here. after meeting
to take air force one over to newtown, connecticut to take part in a vigil tonight. he'll be meeting with first responders, he'll also be meeting with family members of some of the survivors there. as you can see president obama making his way to air force one. kristen well welker who's standing by to travel with the president. what can we expect to hear from president obama tonight? >> reporter: as you mentioned, president obama is going to start off by meeting with the folks who were most affected by this tragedy as he arrives in newtown, connecticut. he'll be speaking with family members and first responders here at newtown high school. he said his comment also focus on the victims, on the lives lost. this is becoming an all too familiar path for this president. this will be the fourth time he will have spoken to a community that is reeling in the wake of a gun massacre. just this summer, he went to a aurora, colorado in the wake of the shooting there. last year, it was tucson, arizona, in 2009, it was ft. hood, texas. too many lives lost in all of these incidents, of course what
>> thank you. >> i'll be back tomorrow night for a special editions of "a.c. 360" from newtown at 8:00 and 10:00 tomorrow. but our coverage continues right now. >>> hello, everyone, from newtown, connecticut, a small town, virtually unknown until yesterday when it became the scene of one of the worst mass killings in american history. i'm don lemon. let me pass on some new developments that have come just this evening. the father of the alleged shooter, we've heard from. peter lanza released a statement, part of it says, quote, our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. no words can truly express how heartbroken we are. he is the father of adam lanza. this is a picture of him from just a few years ago. he is now 20 years old who police say walked into an elementary school yesterday and just started shooting. 20 children, all of them 6 or 7 years old, were killed. six adults, teachers and staff, including the principal, they're all dead now, too. the shooter killed himself. this is where police are trying to answer all the questions.
.c. 360" from newtown at 8:00 and 10:00 tomorrow. but our coverage continues right now. >>> hello, everyone, from newtown, connecticut, a small town, virtually unknown until yesterday when it became the scene of one of the worst mass killings in american history. i'm don lemon. let me pass on some new developments that have come just this evening. the father of the alleged shooter, we've heard from. peter lanza released a statement, part of it says, quote, our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. no words can truly express how heartbroken we are. he is the father of adam lanza. this is a picture of him from just a few years ago. he is now 20 years old who police say walked into an elementary school yesterday and just started shooting. 20 children, all of them 6 or 7 years old, were killed. six adults, teachers and staff, including the principal, they're all dead now, too. the shooter killed himself. this is where police are trying to answer all the questions. they're trying to answer the questions why. the lanza home, not far fro
happened inside the school. we have some new developments to tell you about from here in newtown. the president, president barack obama will be here tomorrow. the white house says the president will meet with the family of the victims, the 20 children and the six adults killed in their elementary school yesterday. also, we have reaction this evening from peter lanza, the father of the 20-year-old police say killed those people and then killed himself. the father says, quote, our family is grooeing along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. no words can truly express how heart broken we are. now, let me show you this picture that was just obtained by cnn. it shows adam lanza, back in 2005. he would be about 13 years old in this picture. and we have word tonight from police who are trying to learn why this young man would commit such an horrific act. they say they have found very good evidence in adam lanza's home that is helping them put together the puzzle pieces in that investigation. that home is also a crime scene now. investigators say lanza's mothe
in the shooting were shot as many as 11 times. >> anguished residents of newtown struggle to cope with the loss of so many to evil. connecticut's governor paid tribute to the victims. >> those educators and those innocent little boys and girls, were taken from their families far too soon. >> but it seemed almost nowhere are emotions running stronger than right here as a makeshift memorial that sprung 5u7 hundred yard from the school, where people are coming here to light candles and to remember. reporter: all day long people cake carrying flowers and honoring the 20 children and six adults who died. still under intense investigation. the detectives will analyze everything and put a complete picture together. reporter: officials say they recovered very good evidence that may provide answers about what triggered the horrifying chain of event, when 20-year-old al-adam lanza shot to death his mother nancy in their home and then headed to the elementary school, wearing a bulletproof vest and armed with weapons, high-under powered pistols and a semi automatic rifle. >> i thought we would all die. >>
friday's heartbreaking violence in newtown, connecticut, we'll have the there's on continuing developments. we'll then turn to our cover story, which examines americans and faith. seems that for increasing numbers of us now, our permanent beliefs do not involve organized religion. >> reporter: this morning spiritual leaders around the country are faced with trying to explain the inexplicable. while some may seek solace in church, a growing number of americans are finding their faith elsewhere. >> it's less and and less important for people to think of themselves as methodist or baptist. >> reporter: how one of the most religious countrys in the world may be becoming a little less religious. ahead on "sunday morning." >> osgood: some kids byron pitts visited demonstrating amazing pluck, as you will see and hear. >> reporter: it may be an ancient instrument, with a heavenly sound. but in modern day atlanta, jarnl, the harp is about much much more. >> it is about opportunity. we don't expect everybody to become a professional harpist. it's about helping children to become all the
young children at a connecticut elementary school. tory dunnan joins us from newtown with new information on the victims. >>reporter:27 people were killed yesterday. most of them. children just 6 and 7 years old. we can now put names and faces to those killed at sandy hook elementary school. among them, 27-year- old first grade teacher, victoria soto. her family says she died trying to protect her students. robbie parker lost his daugter emilie. >> "she always had something kind to say about anybody. she is an incredible person and i am so blessed to be her dad." >>reporter: the state medical examiner said he believes all the children killed were first graders as police continue to search for evidence in every "crack and crevice" of the school, the community is trying to figure out just how to cope. " when tragedies like this occur, people often look for answers, an explanation of how this could have occurred. but the sad truth is, there are no answers. no good ones, anyway." "the mass shooting at sandy hook elementary school is a stark contrast to the feel you get walking thr
alert. i'm geraldo rivera live on location in newtown, connected cut. scene of the murder of 20 children. six adults teaching and caring for them. as expressions of horror and sympathy poor in this picturesque new england town for millions of americans from the white house, from leaders around the world, even from the pope himself. we ask why. why would anyone perpetrate this terror against defenseless children? why would anybody massacre boys and girls who cannot comprehend the depraved crime even as it was being inflicted against them. what sole could disregard for the precious young lives he ended on a sunny december morning in connecticut. so today as we grieve the tiny people who perish by violence during the height of the christmas season and a wonderful town, virtually untouched before friday by the wickedness of the world. and we pledge our support for their families and friends and neighbors who will never be the same memory, incalculable loss. we also seek to find out why and what made this 20-year-old perpetrator the devil's own instrument of the apock apocalypse. we begin wit
. ♪ ♪ >>> brand-new hour of the continuing coverage of the tragedy in newtown with the president to arrive in contract connecticut. we'll get there. welcome. i'm rick folbaum. >> i'm arthel nevil. the president is to address the nation at one of the worst mass shootings in u.s. history. it's the fourth trip to a shas shooting to an american city. going to ed henry in newtown with the latest. ed, tell us about the president's evening there in connecticut, what is expected. >> reporter: as the mentioned the first visit since the tragedy, remember that all this latest out so horribly at the elementary school which is still basically a crime seen. the high school behind me is where there will be an interfaith prayer service where the president will speak, really the first time since we saw him friday choke back tears at the white house as he talked about this awful tragedy. he will be meeting before the interfaith prayer service with families of some of the victims, so many of the victims so young. very difficult. also, he'll be meeting with the first responders to thank them for all they have
preparing to fly to newtown, connecticut, to act oz our country's consoler in chief. as authorities release the names of the school staff and children who were killed, we learn, not only the terrible details about their last momes and the touching stories of the lives behind the names. i'm bream -- i'm shannon bream with america's news headquarters live from the nation's capitol, starting now. police are working to draw a more complete picture of the man who came to sandy hook elementary and killed children. peter doocy has the latest. >> reporter: with the connecticut state police press conference that just wrapped, the most compelling part, perhaps, was when the lieutenant basically warned people who have been somehow -- we don't know specifically -- but using social media to pose as the shooter and to offer some kind of misinformation. and the connecticut state police warned whoever has been using the social media to perpetrate misinformation, that they will be prosecuted for crimes in the state of connecticut and for federal crimes. again, we don't know specifically what he was referrin
and a nation in disbelief. i'm candy crowley in newtown, connecticut. >>> today, the unthinkable at sandy hook elementary school. >> you can never be prepared for this kind of incident. >> the latest on the investigation with connecticut governor dan malloy, and then grief and guns. a conversation with the colorado govern governor. plus, experts on keeping school safe coping with trauma and profiling a mass murderer, all on this special edition of "state of the union." first, the latest on the newtown murders. this morning connecticut's chief medical examiner will perform autopsies on the gunman and his mother, who was killed at her home. the results will be released during a news conference later today. the names of the victims were made public last night. 12 girls and 8 boys killed, all either 6 or 7 years old. the six adults killed at the school were women. the medical examiner says every victim he saw was hit more than once, and all the wounds he saw were inflicted by the semi-automatic rifle found at the scene. president obama will be here in newtown late this afternoon to meet with the v
hook in, newtown, connecticut on a busy saturday night, how the community and the state are coming together, 36 hours after this tragedy. >>> and back here in the bay area, a sawingy start to the weekend. we are tracking where the rain is now and our storm watch coverage. . >>> good evening, everyone. i'm heather holmes. >> and i'm ken wayne. just a few hours ago, the white house announced president obama will travel to newtown, connecticut tomorrow, the site of yesterday's mass school shooting. this, as we learn more about the victims. today, family members began releasing photos of loved ones who were killed. this is 6-year-old emily parker, one of the 20 children lost yesterday. kindergarten teacher lorain russo is among the adults gunned down. authorities say the principal, dawn hochsprung lunged at the gunman before she was mortally wounded. the father of emily parker fought back tears, as he remembered his little girl. >> she was the type of person that could just light up the room. she -- she always had something kind to say about anybody. and her, her, her love and the stre
happening again? those are the questions to ponder. i'm don lemon, live in newtown, connecticut. our coverage continues. >>> good evening, everyone, from newtown, connecticut, i'm anderson cooper, back for a special edition of "360" tonight. police are still combing through every crack and crevice, where the gunman shot and killed six and seven-year-olds. they're also at the home of the identified shooter, trying to learn any clues, whatever they can, why he did what he did, in particular. president obama will be here tomorrow visiting the families of the victims, the 20 kids, and six adults, also talking to first responders. and talking at a prayer vigil tomorrow evening. and we are learning more about these young victims tonight. the 12 little girls, eight boys shot in the classrooms. most of what we are learning is from their parents, publicly sharing their grief. you were there earlier when the father of emilie parker came out of his house and wanted to tell people. wanted to talk to tv cameras, and just talk in a very human way about his daughter, about what she was like. about
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